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Vocab 4 - Definitions

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affable
courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
amorphous
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
aura
that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
contraband
(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
gossamer
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth
infer
to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
inscrutable
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
insular
(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
irrevocable
incapable of being changed or called back
propensity
(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward
querulous
(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful
remonstrate
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
repudiate
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
resilient
(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
reverberate
(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
scurrilous
(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
sedulous
(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination
sleazy
(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable